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The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?
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Location:

Atascadero, CA

Networks:

Radio America

Description:

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

Language:

English

Contact:

213-716-1964


Episodes

Episode #475 - California Wine Month Episode #475 – California Wine Month

8/25/2018
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David talks about California Wine Month, and just about everything else under the sun, with Elaine Chukan Brown. Elaine serves as the American Specialist at JancisRobinson.com, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Robb Report, MensHealth.com, GuildSomm.com, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine, Alquimie and Noble Rot, among others. She also contributed to the recent...

Duration:00:38:50

Episode #474 – Winesong Artist of the Year, Tom Rodrigues

8/18/2018
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David talks wine, art, baseball and more with artist and winemaker Tom Rodrigues of Artevino wines of Maple Creek Winery. Tom has been an artist for many years, and this year has been chosen as WineSong's Artist of the Year for 2018. Winesong is the premiere annual charity auction & wine + food tasting on the Mendocino Coast & is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Proceeds are used to enhance equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital....

Duration:00:38:50

Episode #470 – What’s Hot in Wine and Wine Events, including WineSong

7/21/2018
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David chats with friend Chris Longo of Jensen’s Market about what's new and changing in wine retail, and also with Jamie Peters of WineSong, an annual charity auction and wine + food tasting produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Proceeds are used to enhance equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. The Diagnostic Imaging Center, Medical Evacuation Helipad, Out-Patient Surgical services and Emergency Department Equipment are just a few of...

Duration:00:41:45

Episode #469 – Sean Taylor, Creator of RateMyWinemaker.com

7/14/2018
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David talks with Sean Taylor, creator of a new business, RateMyWinemaker.com, an anonymous forum for wine industry workers to anonymously rate their winemakers and harvest experiences. This is a site that will help any aspiring winemaker or wine worker to check out winery jobs around the world! Listen and learn more, and visit: http://ratemywinemaker.com/ Download this episode

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #468 – Wente Vineyards

7/7/2018
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David visits the Wente Vineyard in Livermore, CA, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. They are celebrating their 135th anniversary, and David talks with the “first family of Chardonnay,” Phil, Niki and Karl Wente about their family history, and the celebrated “Wente clone” that is prevalent in CA Chardonnay. Also, next month is national Chardonnay Month, and May 24th is international Chardonnay Day! Listen to find out more about this storied...

Duration:00:43:49

Episode #467 – Bottleshake

6/30/2018
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David talks with Winston Tam of Bottleshake, an innovative app that helps bring professionals together at wine bars and cafes to network and exchange ideas. Bottleshake utilizes LinkedIn profiles to link people together and invite others to meet in person. Learn more at http://bottleshake.com/ Download this episode

Duration:00:45:50

Episode #466 – All About Italian Wines with Francesco Cremonini

6/23/2018
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David talks with Francesco Cremonini with Tuttovino Wines, all about Italian Wines. Francesco gives a primer on Italian regions and wine styles. Listen and learn more! Download this episode

Duration:00:43:50

Episode #465 – Somm Camp

6/16/2018
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David gets a visit from Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier to the Stars, and two Sommeliers attending SommCamp on the Central Coast. Guests include Chris Sawyer; Christopher Berrigan, Sommelier at Fleming's Prime Steak House and part-time at Petitie Trois, a hot French bistro in Los Angeles; and Veronica Rauch, aka Ringo Firely, from the Patio Group of restaurants in the San Diego region. Listen to find out more! Download this episode

Duration:00:43:50

Episode #464 – Boutique Wine Sampler

6/9/2018
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David talks with Bob Sweeney of The Boutique Wine Sampler, a curated collection of six 375 ml bottles, which showcases the best small-production and highly sought after artisan wines from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, California. Each winery featured in the collection has consistently earned scores of 90+. Boutique Wine Sampler boxes will be at select Northern and Southern California Costco stores, El Rancho Market and California Fresh Markets in mid-November 2017. The Boutique Wine...

Duration:00:41:50

Episode #463 - Quality Wine Barrels Episode #463 – Quality Wine Barrels

6/2/2018
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David talks barrels with Lucas Brewer and Michael McGloughlin of Quality Wine Barrels in Arroyo Grande, CA. While working at one of California’s largest wineries in the late ‘90s, Quality Wine Barrels founder Roger Burson saw a need for obtaining reasonably priced high quality used wine barrels from trustworthy sources. With few options available apart from calling local wineries to check for culled barrels, Roger decided to create something new in the wine industry: a used wine barrel...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #462 – Vino Argentino and The Wine Lover’s Apprentice

5/26/2018
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David talks about a book written by Laura Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker in the Uco Valley, Argentina. The book is Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina, and in this book part-wine-primer, part-cultural-exploration, part-introduction-to-the-Argentine-lifestyle, discover where to eat, what to see, and how to travel like a local with Dr. Laura Catena, the Argentina-born, United States-educated, globetrotting wine star. The world's fifth largest...

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #461 - The World Wine Guys Episode #461 – The World Wine Guys

5/19/2018
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David talks with MIKE DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys, who are wine, spirits, food, and travel writers, educators, and hosts. They are award-winning journalists as well as best-selling and award-winning authors. They have been featured guests on the TODAY Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Better TV, and the CBS, FOX, and NBC networks. Download this episode

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #460 - Experience Rosé Episode #460 – Experience Rosé!

5/12/2018
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Host David Wilson talks with Craig Palmer, co-founder along with Allen Habel, of "Experience Rosé," a competition devoted exclusively to rosé. Experience Rosé is all about providing extraordinary experiences for everyone who revels in passion for Rosé and its infinite possibilities all year-long. Foodie to newbie. Wine maker to chef. Sponsor to volunteer. Because every day pairs better with Rosé. Fill your glass with us. We promise you a fulfilling experience that will be personal,...

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #459 - Breaking the Myth about Mixing Wine & Spirits Episode #459 – Breaking the Myth about Mixing Wine & Spirits

5/5/2018
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Taking Wine into the Spirit World Host David Wilson talks creativity with wine with Aaron Polsky, master mixologist at Harvard & Stone bar in Hollywood. Aaron Polsky, the ambitious bartender behind LA’s Harvard & Stone, who is on a mission to make sustainability sexy and seamless while slinging first-rate cocktails to thousands at Coachella. Download this episode

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #458 – Peake Ranch preview

4/28/2018
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This week, first David delves into how the real price of a bottle of wine breaks down – tracing a bottle of wine from the winery to the wine glass and how much it gets marked up along the way. Next, in an uncanny story of how life comes full circle, David visits with one of his oldest friends, John Wagner of the new Peake Ranch winery. Having gone to first grade togther, David and John both had entirely different careers through their adult life, but both are now connected through the wine...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #457 – Wente Vineyards

4/21/2018
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David visits the Wente Vineyard in Livermore, CA, the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. They are celebrating their 135th anniversary, and David talks with the "first family of Chardonnay," Phil, Niki and Karl Wente about their family history, and the celebrated "Wente clone" that is prevalent in CA Chardonnay. Also, next month is national Chardonnay Month, and May 24th is international Chardonnay Day! Listen to find out more about this storied...

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #456 - Winemaker Adam LaZarre and Chef WIlliam Carter Episode #456 – Winemaker Adam LaZarre and Chef William Carter

4/14/2018
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Uncommon wine knowledge... There are no stupid questions when it comes to wine. The thing is, the questions most people are asking may not give you the knowledge you really need when it comes to wine. That’s why we invited world-renowned winemaker Adam LaZarre into the studio to tackle a few questions that we think will give you a little better wine knowledge. Plus, you’ll be the hit of the next social gathering. Adam LaZarre may be one of the most unpretentious wine experts you’ll ever...

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #455 - Making Wine in the Blind - Everything is Possible Episode #455 – Hunt Cellars Winery and Santa Barbara Vinters Festival

4/7/2018
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David talks with David Hunt of Hunt Cellars, a winemaker, author, musician, lyracist and inventor. David lost his sight in his forties, and it hasn't stopped him from making the most of each and every day. David (Hunt) believes that his "inner vision that can see a God-made world, not a man-made world." David shares his story and philosophy of his journey. By the way, Hunt Cellars recently had five of their wines (all at that they submitted) score over 90 points by Robert Parker/Wine...

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #454 - Wine,Politics and Branding Episode #454 – Wine Branding and the Wine Judging Experience

3/31/2018
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David talks aspects of the importance of wine branding and marketing, and the experience of wine judging at competitions. Download this episode

Duration:00:44:50

Grape Encounters Episode #452 Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval Episode #453 – Chateau la France and Chateau Leroy Beauval

3/24/2018
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Continuing the exploration of Bordeaux, David visits with Bruno Mottet, Executive Director of Chateau la France, a beautiful chateau with vineyards, a bed & breakfast and a 20-meter stainless steel rooster who watches over the grapes. An estate of great name since the XVIIth century, Château La France is one of the largest estates in the Bordeaux region, boasting 90 hectares (222 acres) in a single block. 68 hectares of the 78 under production are classified AOC Bordeaux Supérieur rouge...

Duration:00:44:50